Your contribution provides meaningful support towards Finding Species’ mission and project goals.
Our mission: To uniquely contribute to the resolution of critical environmental, conservation, and biodiversity issues through aesthetically beautifully, scientifically significant photographs. Highlights of our 2017 programs and projects include:
· LeafSnap app- www.LeafSnap.com - an interactive digital application to identify trees of the US and Canada.
· Common Trees of Yasuní- a print guidebook available in English and Spanish with accompanying electronic versions available on Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks. We launched the English version at the DC Environmental Film Festival in March 2017. We hope you received our invitation and copy of the book. The book has been added to libraries around the world and distributed throughout Ecuador; to the indigenous Huaorani and Kitchwa of the region, museums, research stations, libraries, universities, and institutions. Finding Species is seeking funding for the second volume of the Common Trees of Yasuní.
· Threatened Wildlife of Ecuador- cataloguing and sharing photographs of diverse species.
· Photographs shared with the Quito Zoo for education, signage, and publications. Over the years, our largest supporters have been foundations, government agencies, and individuals like you. We limit our overhead costs to make the most productive use of all contributions. We hope we can count on you for your support as we work in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve. Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Yasuní is known to be the most biodiverse place on Earth (Global Conservation Significance of Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park published in PlosOne). More trees grow in a single hectare (2.47 acres) of upland rainforest in Yasuní —655 species—than in the continental US and Canada combined. In 25 hectares, the number of tree species rises to 1,100. "In just one hectare in Yasuní, there are more tree, shrub, and liana (woody vines) species than anywhere else in the world," explains Finding Species botanist, Gorky Villa. We are seeking $100,000 to continue working on the second volume of the Common Trees of Yasuní. Our collaboration with Ecuadorian universities, like the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, allows us entry into the Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station where we can also collaborate with scientists from around the world working on long term projects. Any amount counts and will help us reach our goal. Please feel free to contact me anytime to discuss our valuable work as we document these species in a disappearing habitat.
Bejat McCracken Executive Director